1st Edition

Judgment in the Victorian Age

Edited By James Gregory, Daniel J.R. Grey, Annika Bautz Copyright 2019
    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    278 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume concerns judges, judgment and judgmentalism. It studies the Victorians as judges across a range of important fields, including the legal and aesthetic spheres, and within literature. It examines how various specialist forms of judgment were conceived and operated, and how the propensity to be judgmental was viewed.


    List of Figures;

    Notes on Contributors;



    PART I: The Judgment of the Law;

    1. Cartes de visite and the First Mass Media Photographic Images of the English Judiciary: Continuity and Change

    Leslie J. Moran;

    2. Sir Redmond Barry and the Trial of Ned Kelly: representing the Judge and Judgment in Nineteenth-Century Australia

    Alice Richardson;

    3. The Emotional Reactions of Judges in Cases of Maternal Child Murder in England, 1840 –1900

    Alison Pedley;

    4. ‘What Will Most Tend Towards Morality’: Sir Cresswell Cresswell and the Divorce Court, 1858-1863

    Gail Savage;

    5. ‘Infamous Falsehoods’: Judges, Perjury, and Affiliation Trials in England, 1855–1930

    Ginger Frost;

    6. Authoritative Judgments in a Provincial Town: Responses to Everyday Offending in Plymouth 1860 – 1900

    Kim Stevenson and Iain Channing;

    PART II: Judgments in Culture;

    7. Judging the Judges: The Image of the Judge in the Popular Illustrated Press

    Craig Newbery-Jones;

    8. The Matter of Judgment: Comparing Gendered Perspectives on Victorian Legal Culture in Popular Literature

    Judith Rowbotham;

    9. The Operation and Representation of Art Judgment 

    James Gregory;

    10. Judging by the Hand: Handwriting and Character in Victorian Literary Culture

    Karin Koehler;

    11. ‘They will not read it, but their sons & daughters may’: judging Percy Shelley’s Queen Mab (1813) in the nineteenth century

    Cian Duffy;



    James Gregory is Associate Professor in Modern British History at the University of Plymouth. Among his publications is The Poetry and the Politics: Radical Reform in Victorian England (2014).

    Daniel J.R. Grey is Lecturer in World History since 1800 at the University of Plymouth. Among his recent publications are articles in Cultural and Social History, History Workshop Journal and Media History.

    Annika Bautz is Associate Professor in English and Head of the School of Humanities and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth. Recent publications include, with James Gregory, Libraries, Books, and Collectors of Texts, 1600–1900 (Routledge, 2018).